settled or confirmed in a habit, practice, feeling, or the like: an inveterate gambler.
firmly established by long continuance, as a disease, habit, practice, feeling, etc.; chronic.
- in·vet·er·ate·ly, adverb
- in·vet·er·ate·ness, noun
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How to use inveterate in a sentence
Due both to the mountainous topography of the county and decades of inveterate deforestation, Haiti is extremely susceptible to heavy rainfall and mudslides.Elsa rapidly strengthens into hurricane, could affect Florida next week | Matthew Cappucci | July 2, 2021 | Washington Post
The revelation caused a stir, highlighting as it did Russia's ongoing and inveterate digital espionage campaigns.The SolarWinds hackers aren’t back—they never went away | WIRED | May 30, 2021 | Ars Technica
The most ridiculous character in Pay Any Price may be Dennis Montgomery, who is described as an inveterate gambler and swindler.Speed Read: James Risen Indicts The War On Terror’s Costly Follies | William O’Connor | October 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
An inveterate networker, he managed to get Tennessee Williams as the chief signatory on one letter-writing campaign.
This inveterate list maker also loved minutiae; in his copious account books, he kept track of every cent he ever spent.
It gives the best outcomes to the most inveterate bad actors.
Mr. Wright fails to mention that Mr. Scarff admitted under oath that he is a self-admitted inveterate liar.Church of Scientology Details Error in Lawrence Wright’s Book | Karen Pouw | January 23, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The taint was too inveterate to be eradicated; the evil was immedicable; Rome was already effete and moribund.The Catacombs of Rome | William Henry Withrow
The lessons, where he had a long inveterate habit of shuffling, came under Norman's eye at the same time.The Daisy Chain | Charlotte Yonge
Austria, on the other hand, had been an old and inveterate rival of France in the race for territorial extension.The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte | William Milligan Sloane
Critias, though formerly a scholar of Socrates, became his most inveterate enemy.Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 3 of 8 | Various
Remember, they had actually ventured at night into the bush in spite of their inveterate fear of “the spirits.”The Adventures of Louis de Rougemont | Louis de Rougemont
British Dictionary definitions for inveterate
long established, esp so as to be deep-rooted or ingrained: an inveterate feeling of hostility
(prenominal) settled or confirmed in a habit or practice, esp a bad one; hardened: an inveterate smoker
obsolete full of hatred; hostile
- inveteracy or inveterateness, noun
- inveterately, adverb
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